“We must first accept ourselves.
Not as we would like to be, but as we are… There are no strangers here, only friends we haven’t met…”
– Excerpt from Friendship House Mission Statement
For 30 years, Friendship House has provided more than just shelter and food for the homeless population of Washington’s Skagit County. Founded on the principles of “homeless hospitality”, people in need of support have found a safe and welcoming place to rest and find stability.
Since its inception Friendship House has been a model for compassionate care for those with the greatest needs in society and have achieved success in providing services, support and most recently job training to this population. “Friendship House–Homeless Hospitality” charts the foundation and progression of growth throughout the decades and examines each of the strong and varied characters who have brought unique leadership and community awareness to the organization.
Learn about the shelter’s legacy from the viewpoint of the directors, residents, volunteers and donors who have made it such a success.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Linda Pettit has been a Skagit County resident since 1984. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Western Washington University and worked as a mental health therapist for 22 years.
Several of her clients were residents at Friendship House and she became involved with the board of directors and leadership during this time.
She lives in Mount Vernon with her husband Nick and has three grown sons. This is her first publication. For more information, please visit pettitshire.net.
Thursday, May 26th Friendship House enthusiastically invites you to join us in celebrating 30 years of sheltering, feeding, clothing and healing … to empower those in need.
Starting at 6:00pm at the Friendship House Café located at 108 Snoqualmie St in Mount Vernon, there will be a rededication to the mission and tours. Then there will a march over to the Lincoln Theater where there will be hor d’oeuvres and drinks. There will be a short video of some Friendship House history and a guest speaker, Derek McNeil from Seattle, will talk about his experience with homelessness as he films a documentary.
For more information please go to skagitfriendshiphouse.org